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Free travel surveillance of new welfare ID card?

THERE’S something people should be aware of in relation to the Government’s plans to include the free travel facility on the proposed welfare ID card.

At present free travel passes allow people to travel on buses and trains untracked.

But the new proposal will mean that if Bus Éireann or Irish Rail introduce an all-in, one-swipe system people will be tracked along the whole length of their journey because the card is directly associated with their actual identity.

Is it now the case that if the Government is providing citizens with a payment or service they will have to give up their right to privacy in order to receive it?

Why is the Government apparently so hellbent on tracking people’s activities and movements.

The vast majority of state benefits’ claimants are honest and the demonisation against them has to stop.

It is the likes of Anglo Irish Bank that have ruined the country, not the people on social welfare or using free travel passes.

Ironically, the Government that is planning these cards can enjoy the luxury of not having their travel expenses tracked.

Considering the large expenses they receive at the taxpayers’ expense, maybe they should carry a similar card to trace their movements?

Declan Cullen

Carrickmount View

Rathfarnham

Dublin 7


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